The Takeaway's Farai Chideya speaks to Anna Deavere Smith about "The Value."
Today we present the first installment in a new multimedia series called “The Value,” hosted by our correspondent Farai Chideya. The series explores what we — as individuals and as a society — place value on.
Farai sat down with Anna Deavere Smith, who is an award-winning playwright, actress and professor famous for her “documentary theatre.” Her newest, play, “Let Me Down Easy,” focuses on the issue of our nation’s health care and is now playing at New York's Second Stage Theater.
The Takeaway talks to two movie critics about the anti-blockbuster movies of the summer, particularly foreign films. We talk about the British film "In the Loop," described as a combination of the West Wing and The Office, and "A Woman in Berlin," about a rape victim during the Red Army occupation. The two film critics joining The Takeaway this morning are A. O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times, and Wesley Morris, film critic for the Boston Globe.
Watch the trailer for In the Loop below.
And here's the trailer for A Woman in Berlin.
"From the black perspective it's, 'oh my God, I have to once again remind my young son how to interact with a cop because he will not be Henry Louis Gates, and if it can happen to Henry Louis Gates then it can happen to anybody.'"—Boston-based TV and radio commentator Callie Crossley
"One of the problems of making cars that last 20 years, is that cars last 20 years. The rollover rate is so slow."
—Dan Neil of the Los Angeles Times on the Cash for Clunkers program
"Right now the Republicans don't have to do anything other than let the train wreck happen as the Democrats debate with the Democrats."
—Marcus Mabry of the New York Times on the health care debate
The car industry is starting to release its second quarter profit reports. The Ford Motor Company is posting a surprise $2.8 billion profit, but it continues to have operating losses. Since its two biggest competitors, GM and Chrysler, have just emerged from bankruptcy, the report is definitely creating a mixed picture of the company's health. Globally, Hyundai has managed to post a huge profit, while luxury car brand Porsche has big changes in the works. For more we turn to Nick Bunkley, The New York Times auto industry reporter, and Russell Padmore, a BBC business correspondent.
At the end of his press conference last night, President Barack Obama discussed the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. The president said the cops "acted stupidly" in their decision to arrest the nation's preeminent African American studies scholar when he was questioned about a possible break-in at his own home. Law enforcement officers receive sensitivity training in dealing with racial profiling. So why do these incidents continue to happen? Joining The Takeaway to discuss the issue is Phillip Atiba Goff, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Executive Director of Research for the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity, and Rick Weger, a lieutenant in charge of training at the San Jose Police Department.
"It can be unintentional biases that people hold that cause this racially-biased policing... A vast majority of the men and women in law enforcement have no intention of being prejudiced."
—Rick Weger, a lieutenant in charge of training at the San Jose Police Department
North Korea and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have launched a war of words. In a speech in Thailand, where she is attending a regional summit, Secretary Clinton urged North Korea to renounce nuclear weapons; North Korea's official media responded by calling Clinton "an unintelligent funny lady." North Korea also announced that the six-party talks on disarmament were dead. Jill McGivering, the BBC's Asia correspondent, joins The Takeaway to explain what's at stake.
Here is more on Secretary Clinton's trip to the ASEAN summit and her call for changes in Myanmar and North Korea:
After weeks of budget battles and threatened cuts, the California state budget is finally up for a vote today. Or maybe tomorrow. Possibly next week. The Takeaway talks to Dan Walters, a political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, about California's continuing budget crisis.
A very tired looking Gov. Schwarzeneggar thanks people for their budget-solving suggestions in this video:
The U.S. government is seeking thousands of volunteers, from babies to the elderly, to roll up their sleeves for the first clinical trials of an H1N1 flu vaccine. The race is on to test whether a new vaccine really will protect against this virus before its expected rebound in the fall. Will the vaccines work? Will there be enough vaccines for everyone? What are the dangers of the vaccine itself? The Takeaway talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which will oversee the trials.
"We think the risk is extremely small because we give tens of millions of doses of seasonal flu vaccine every year to adults, the elderly and children, and there's not a significant, at all, degree of adverse effects."
—Dr. Anthony Fauci on the H1N1 vaccine
President Obama is heading to Ohio today on a campaign swing—not for the presidency but for his health care plan. Dan Bobkoff, reporter for WCPN in Cleveland, Ohio, is getting ready to join the crowds filling the Shaker Heights High School gymnasium this afternoon. He joins The Takeaway with his take.
Last night in a primetime press conference, President Obama pitched his plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. For a performance review, The Takeaway talks to T.R. Reid. He is a veteran reporter and the author of the forthcoming book: The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.
Here the president addresses possible sacrifices for health care reform:
In last night's press conference, President Obama cited several models of health care that he thinks might hold lessons for the nation's health care system. One of those models was the Cleveland Clinic, which President Obama will be visiting today. Other hospitals that are often cited for excellent patient care are the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. What makes these medical centers so noteworthy? To find out, The Takeaway talks to Megan King, a registered nurse at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania, and Mark Allan, who studies the health care system and is the director of the health sector management program at the Boston University School of Management.
Vice President Joe Biden is in Georgia today. The former Soviet republic is an independent nation, but has been at war with Russia in order to keep Moscow at bay. The vice president made it clear that the U.S. stands with Georgia, but it is unclear whether that support extends to selling weapons to the nation, a move that could make Russia very nervous. For more of the story, The Takeaway is joined by Steven Eke, the BBC's Russia anaylst.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified before Congress yesterday, saying he expects to see new jobs appearing near the end of this year or early next year. He warned, however, that it could take a while for the unemployment rate to slow down. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the long wait for work is New York Times magazine writer Roger Lowenstein, who sees the lack of job hiring as more troubling than job losses. Also joining the conversation are Fred Winner, who runs a welding company in Western Ohio and has had to lay off employees and cut hours, and Boreas Van Nouhuys, who lost his job last November as a carpenter in Kauai, and is still looking for work.